During the cold Christmas holidays, there is nothing better than to sleep in bed with a good book. Whether you go for the new Karen Slaughter or the complete oeuvre of J.K. Rowling, ebooks are much easier than thick books. These are the best ebook apps for your smartphone!
These are our favorite ebook Android apps
True book lovers say that there is nothing better than lazing with a paper book on the beach, by the pool or on the plane. Yet they will also admit that ebooks have several advantages.
Your suitcase will soon fill up if you take several page turners with you, while the average smartphone or e-reader offers space for thousands of books. Moreover, you can take notes with an ebook and save your favorite quotes. With these ebook apps for Android, you will be covered this winter.
1. Kobo Books
Reading ebooks is one thing, but getting (legal) digital books sometimes causes more hassle. The Kobo app makes it simple, because it has its own digital online store. There you can find almost all popular books of this moment, both Dutch and English. There is even a variant of the app with Bol.com support, where you can go for the books of that webshop. Or view the extensive selection of free books
Kobo also gives personal recommendations based on your reading behavior. If you have an e-reader from the company, such as the Kobo Aura One your progress will be automatically synchronized. So you can continue on your smartphone where you stayed with your reader. The app has a night mode, customizable font and font size and other ways to make reading as pleasant as possible.
→ Download Kobo Books in Google Play (free)
2. Amazon Kindle
You can not buy physical books in the Netherlands at Amazon, but they do have ebooks. You can then read this via a Kindle reader or via the Kindle app on your smartphone. Enjoy books or magazines, take notes or share your favorite quotes via Goodreads. A disadvantage of Kindle is that the app only supports Amazon’s own books; if you want to read your own epub titles, you have to add them with a big detour.
The big advantage of Amazon, however, is the extensive selection of English-language books. They are much cheaper than Dutch titles. The company always has an extensive selection of English books available for 99 cents. The company also works hard on exclusive content, books that you can only buy and read from Amazon. These are mainly shorter stories, but from well-known names such as Stephen King and Margaret Atwood.
3. Google Play Books
Honestly, the Google Play Books app has some flaws. It is difficult to discover new titles that match your interests, and the categorization of the store is sometimes a bit confusing. Nevertheless, Google has one big advantage: the Play Books app is standard on a large part of all Android smartphones.
Moreover, the reading experience itself is fine. You can easily change the font and size, just to name a few. There are multiple colors available for your notes, and there is even a text-to-speech option. In addition, you can easily add your own EPUB or PDF files to your own library.
4. Aldiko Book Reader
Do you already have your own digital book collection, and do not need an app with his own shop? Then consider the Aldiko Book Reader, a simple app without frills. The free version offers support for EPUB and PDF so that you can read almost all books. For a fee you can get a version that lets you take notes and notes.
→ Download Aldiko Book Reader on Google Play (free)
→ Download Aldiko Book Reader Premium on Google Play (5, 49 euros)
Not all good stories come from well-known authors. Via Wattpad everyone can share their own story. As a result, the site offers a unique range of books and stories that you almost never encounter anywhere.
Especially romance stories, fan fiction and stories with supernatural elements are popular. Via the Wattpad app you can store the stories offline to read them anywhere and anytime. And do you want to write something yourself, then you can immediately tell that story at Wattpad. Not only the app but also most stories are free.
→ Download Wattpad in Google Play (free)
No sense to read yourself, but in a good story? Then try an audiobook, read stories. Audible has an extensive collection of audiobooks, although most of them are in English. The app is fully equipped so you can speed up or slow down the tempo or easily skip to specific chapters.
Audible is a part of Amazon, and therefore collaborates in an ingenious way with the Kindle app. Some books can be purchased simultaneously as an ebook and audiobook. Next, your progress in these two versions is tracked. If you read two chapters in the Kindle book, Audible will continue to read aloud on the currency you stopped.
→ Download Audible in Google Play (free)